June 24, 2021
With a venue like The Barn at Silver Oaks Estate and a couple as amazing as Alex & Pete, there was never any doubt the day was going to be beautiful. The atmosphere of the barn inspired their whimsical under the stars, tree ring theme. But if I’m being honest the most prominent theme of the day was family. It was clear from our very first conversation that family is what’s most important to them. All the décor was stunning, but having their parents help them get ready was more beautiful than any of the details.
The day started with Alex and her bridesmaids getting ready at The Barn at Silver Oaks Estate, in Winthrop Maine. While Pete and his groomsmen enjoyed the lake just a few minutes away.
When I walked into the bridal suite, I instantly fell in love with all of Alex’s bridesmaids, and her sweet mom. They all looked beautiful, and they all were so happy to help. They made the getting ready process so peaceful for Alex. I think that was exactly what she needed before she walked down the aisle. Photographing each of them quietly chatting as they sat with their personalized robes, and later as they each helped clasp necklaces and zip dresses, was a joy. You could feel how important each of them are to Alex. They got her to laugh and helped dry her joyful tears after she slipped into her wedding dress.
One of my favorite parts of the day was when Alex shared a first look with her parents and brother. It was clear how close this little family of four is. These are the moments I encourage each of my couples to incorporate into their wedding day. These are the moments you will look back on and treasure. I loved how her brother Ben patiently waited as their parents fussed over his sister. As soon as they were done he opened his arms for a hug you can only get from a brother.
After a few family formals, Alex’s dad David tied a pendant with a photograph of her grandparents onto her bouquet. Her Nana Emily passed just before their wedding but I think her spirit was there for the entire day. Just as soon as he secured the pendant the first drops of rain started to fall. As we walked into the barn the skies opened up and it poured for about 30 minutes. They say rain on your wedding day brings you luck. I think that quick little rainstorm was Just Alex’s Nana making sure Alex and Pete had just enough luck to last them a lifetime.
As the rain came down I introduced myself to Pete’s parents. His mom instantly told me how much she loved their engagement photos. It felt like I’d known their family for a lifetime. I loved seeing her with all three of her sons, she adores each of them. My favorite moment during their family formals was how she leaned in to give Pete a little kiss on the cheek, only a mom could get away with giving her grown son.
The sun came out just in time for Pete and Alex to walk down the aisle. Their ceremony was perfect in every way. They exchanged vows they wrote to each other. They laughed together, their eyes teared up together, and when the officiant announced them husband and wife they nearly ran off down the aisle together before the ceremony was officially over.
As I stated before the most prominent theme of their wedding was how important family is, but that does not mean everyone is as excited as I am for family formals. I think family formals have a bad rep. Many people would describe them as painful, but I am doing my small part to give them a better name. I believe even family formals should be a little fun.
I love capturing the in-between moments. Like the first moment, Alex saw her Grandma and her cute little sun hat, or when Alex’s Grandpa called me out for not asking him to give her a little kiss on the cheek. But I especially loved how genuinely happy Pete’s Nanny was to stand with her grandson on his wedding day. I never want to rush during this part of the day. If you do these are the details you miss, and these are the details that are the most important on a wedding day.
There was one moment during the day when I started to panic (just a little). It began to look like it may rain again, and to be honest we just did not have time for that. I quickly photographed Pete and all his awesome groomsmen. They were truly the best and acted swiftly so we did not waste one second. But we did squeeze in a little time for one quick backflip. Let me just tell you it was pretty epic and I think all grooms should have a group of friends like this.
Just as quickly as the dark sky rolled in, the clouds disappeared. Meaning I was able to photograph Alex and Pete all around The Barn at Silver Oaks Estate. I knew they fell in love with the movement throughout the venue, and its outdoor atmosphere, so I wanted to documented how much they love each other in as many locations as possible. Prompting them was easy because of the way they naturally interact with each other. I think they would have been happy to spend all our time holding hands while getting lost in each other eyes.
Everyone’s favorite part of a wedding is the reception. The barn was decorated with soft greens, and deep blue wine bottles with fairy lights to emulate that under the stars feel. The long wooden farm tables and cross-back chairs were perfect for enjoying dinner. But what everyone was truly looking forward to was the merriment and dancing. After Alex shared a dance with her dad, and Pete shared a dance with his mom the DJ invited all the married couples out onto the dance floor for an anniversary dance. It is magical to see so many couples out on the dance floor. Especially when they are committed to building a life together. It was a close race but ultimately Pete’s Nanny and Poppa had been married the longest and are just as in love now as they were the day they got married.
I love when couples sneak away from their reception for a few minutes alone during sunset. I especially love it when they tell me they want to dance together in the field under the bistro lights. As the sun dipped below the horizon line Alex and Pete danced to the music playing off in the distance. Pete twirled Alex around and for just a few fleeting moments they savored their wedding.
When we got back to the reception Pete was fair game for a long-standing tradition. All of the bride’s family (and by the end of the night all of their guests) signed Pete’s shirt. All of the husbands in Alex’s family have their wedding shirts hanging in the back of their closet, and by the sounds of it, they smile every time they glance at it.
One of the groomsmen initiated an impromptu karaoke sing-along that I’ll never forget. Everyone on the dancefloor gathered around, joined arms, and sang at the top of their lungs.
These were just a few of the moments I loved, and think Alex and Pete will treasure for a lifetime. Their wedding day was filled with amazing memories that I am sure will be shared in story form for years to come. The best part is many of the stories will be accompanied by photographs.
I hope you love the small selection of my favorite photographs from this beautiful Maine wedding filled with love.
Links for all the vendors who helped make Alex & Pete’s wedding dreams a reality:
Dj / Entertainment: Celebration Corporation
Cocktail Hour Music: Andrew Geanomusic
Florist: Flower Girl Wedding Designs
Brides Dress: Andrea’s Bridal
Catering: Good Food
Transportation: Northeast Charter
Linens & Dish Rentals: Vintage Collectables
Bridal Party Dresses: Azazie
Suit Attire: Jos A. Banks
Photographer: Stacey Pomerleau Photography
To view Alex and Pete’s Engagement session click here
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